The Legendary Kool G Rap Returns With ‘Return Of The Don’, Which Will Be Released On 6.2.2017
Hip Hop’s golden era constituent, Queens’ native, the godfather of Mafioso rap, legendary and influential emcee, Kool G Rap, broke out in the late 80s & early 90s as one half of the duo with DJ Polo. Together, Kool G Rap & DJ Polo released three undisputed classic albums; beginning with their debut album 'Road To The Riches' (1989), 'Wanted: Dead or Alive' (1990), & 'Live and Let Die' (1992).
Simultaneously, G Rap & DJ Polo gained notoriety as members of The Juice Crew, whose noteworthy membership includes DJ Marley Marl, Big Daddy Kane, Masta Ace, & Roxanne Shante. At the height of hip-hop’s golden age, The Juice Crew was the definition of innovative and not only influenced the culture as a whole (style, lyricism, creativity), but also impressed the importance of style, substance, & technique upon the next wave of ambassadors (Nas, Jay-Z, Big Pun, Ice Cube, 2Pac, Notorious B.I.G., etc).
After a successful run with DJ Polo & The Juice Crew, G Rap embarked on a solo-career, with his solo debut, '4, 5, 6', appearing in 1995, which was preceded by 'Roots of Evil' (1998) & 'The Giancana Story' (2002) which featured AZ, Nas, Joell Ortiz, Mobb Deep, & CNN. Six years later, G Rap released 'Half a Klip' (2008), which included production from DJ Premier & DJ Marley Marl.
On 6.2.2017, Kool G Rap will release his new solo album, 'Return Of The Don', which is entirely produced by MoSS and features a veritable who’s who list of new & familiar spitters; Freeway, Noreaga, Sean Price, Cormega, Raekwon, Sheek Louch, Saigon, Termanology, Fame, KXNG Crooked, Conway The Machine & Westside Gunn (the newest signees to Eminem’s Shady Records), and the late Sean Price. “Rest in peace to Sean Price who I was fortunate enough to record with” G Rap commented.
G Rap stated:
“What motivates me to get in the studio is really being in that creative zone that you cannot just enter on demand. It is more like an extremely powerful vibe that overcomes you. It’s triggered by hearing a particular track, or being inspired by another artist; or, a life experience that makes your mind and heart open up and lyrics just pour from your soul in the capacity of an avalanche. That’s what 'The Return Of The Don' represents; an amalgamation of past, present and future and a tribute to some of my most favorite spitters worldwide; this is my salute to those artists."
'Return Of The Don' Tracklisting:
- Return Of The Don
- Mack Lean featuring Fred The Godson & AG Da Coroner
- Criminal Outfit featuring Noreaga
- Wise Guys featuring Fame (M.O.P.) & Freeway
- Out For That Life featuring Raekwon
- Times Up
- Capitol Hill featuring Manolo Rose, Sheek Louch, & Cormega
- Running featuring Termanology & Saigon
- World Is Mine featuring KXNG Crooked, Willie The Kid, & Pearl Gates
- Popped Off featuring Sean Price & Ransom
- Rest In Peace featuring Conway The Machine & Westside Gunn
***All Tracks Produced by MoSS
“Return Of The Don World Tour" Dates:
- 5.12.2017 - Philadelphia, PA - Voltage Lounge
- 5.13.2017 - Manchester, NH - Shaskeen Pub
- 5.25.2017 - New York, NY - BB Kings
- 6.10.2017 - Rome, Italy - Villaggio Globale
- 6.13.2017 - Stockholm, Sweden - Kagelbanan
- 6.14.2017 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Pumpehuset
- 6.16.2017- Dublin, Ireland - Sugar Club
- 6.19.2017 - Glasgow, UK - O2 ABC2
- 6.20.2017 - Leeds, UK - Wardrobe
- 6.21.2017 - Manchester, UK - Sound Control
- 6.22.2017 - Bristol UK - O2 Academy Bristol
- 6.23.2017 - London UK - O2 Academy Islington
- 6.26.2017 - Norwich, UK - TBA
- 6.28.2017 - Leicester, UK - 2 Funky Cafe
- 7.6.2017 - Amsterdam, The Netherlands - Bitterzoet
- 7.8.2017 - Oslo, Norway - Blaa
- 7.9.2017 - Paris, France - Paris Hip-Hop Festival
- 8.18.2017 - Orpund, Switzerland - Royal Arena Festival
- 8.19.2017 - Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic - Hip Hop Kemp Festival